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Chicken Spiedies
Chicken Spiedies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinating Time
1 d
Total Time
1 d 30 mins
An iconic food in upstate New York, spiedies were a summer barbecue staple for my family and you're guaranteed to love them too.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken spiedies, spiedies
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 327 kcal
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 dried bay leaves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped or torn
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped or torn
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or torn
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped or torn
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lbs chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • metal or bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 30 mins)
  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients except the olive oil in a bowl and whisk well to combine.

  2. Add the olive oil in a steady stream while whisking and set aside. (Alternatively process all of the marinade ingredients in a food processor until well blended.)

  3. Cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Place the chicken cubes in a ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the chicken.

  4. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 24 hours, or even better, 2 days.

  5. Preheat your grill to med/high heat. While the grill heats, thread the marinated chicken onto the skewers (about 8 or 9 cubes per skewer).

  6. Grill about 5 mins per side, turning once. Serve with sliced Italian bread or rolls.

Recipe Notes
  • If you don't have white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar may be substituted.
  • Be sure to cut the meat into uniform size cubes so it cooks evenly.
  • This marinade works interchangeably with different meats. Boneless cubed lamb, beef, or pork would be equally delicious.
  • If you have time to plan in advance, marinate the chicken spiedies even longer. Two days is ideal!
  • You can serve these spiedies in rolls or even over a salad. The old-school way is to pull the meat off the skewer with a slice of fresh Italian bread and eat it simply folded into the bread. DELISH!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Spiedies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1382mg60%
Potassium 921mg26%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 476IU10%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.